Crowns & Bridges
Restorative Treatment involves the complete restoration of teeth and dental tissues via differing dental materials. Crowns, which are the most performed dental restoration, are needed when fillings can no longer be used to restore function and tooth form. Crowns are first formed outside the patient’s mouth and are then cemented onto the prepared implant or tooth structure in the mouth. Another form of dental restoration, bridges, consist of one or more crowns that hold a prefabricated tooth that bridges a gap in the patient’s dentition.
Materials used to fabricate crowns and bridges are usually comprised of high noble metals such as gold, platinum and palladium from which porcelain is fused to achieve a tooth coloring. All ceramic (no metal) crowns, veneers and bridges can also be used. While these restorations offer the best in mimicking the shades of natural teeth, they are not recommended in areas of heavy function (i.e. back teeth).